My first truck/vehicle was a manual. 1984 GMC S15 with a 2.8L It had a great body, long bed/regular cab, no power, 2wd open differential. It could get stuck in a wet ditch, and it did lol. That had a smooth transmission, possibly an NV3500? it was 5 speed. Could shift it with some speed.
My truck didn't get put back together from the weekend and now I'm driving my dad's 90's Silverado work truck with a 4 speed manual, kinda fun to throw the stick again.